This Instant Pot wild rice soup recipe is cozy and naturally creamy, so it’s a 100% plant based dinner. Serve with crusty bread.

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Alex and I begrudgingly got an Instant Pot last year, but it’s actually become a well used tool in our house! Don’t get us wrong: it’s not magic. It doesn’t cook food in an instant. For example, this Instant Pot wild rice soup takes over 1 hour to make. Then why use a pressure cooker for soup at all? Well, it’s so, so delicious. It cooks dried white beans at the same time as the rice (wow!), and it’s hands off, for the most part. When I took the first bite after Alex created and made this recipe for me, I was blown away! It’s also vegan and vegetarian, so it’s all naturally creamy goodness. Keep reading for all the secrets to this Instant Pot wild rice soup recipe.

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How to make wild rice soup in an Instant Pot

This wild rice soup recipe is a bit different than most. First of all, it’s made in a pressure cooker or Instant Pot! Alex and I wanted to try making Instant Pot soup. For our first recipe, we decided on wild rice soup because wild rice typically takes so long to cook on the stovetop. Also, we decided to create this wild rice soup without using meat or dairy, so it’s naturally creamy! Since then we’ve made lots of Instant Pot soup recipes, but this one remains a favorite!

To make this wild rice soup recipe, you use the Saute mode on the Instant Pot. Saute up the onion, celery, carrot, garlic, and mushrooms, then add the remainder of the ingredients and pressure cook. And while the soup is cooking, some cashews are also left out to soak. Once the soup is done, you’ll blend together the cashews with some of the soup to create a naturally creamy base without cream. That makes this wild rice soup recipe vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free! Everyone we’ve served it to positively raves about it: it’s the perfect cozy fall dinner.

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Why make Instant Pot soup?

The advantage of cooking this soup in an Instant Pot instead of the stovetop is that it’s totally hands off once the cooking starts. You can throw the soup in the pot and then go do other things, until your dinner is done! Because this recipe takes over 1 hour to make, we made the serving size large: it serves about 8. That way, you can have plenty for leftovers.

A wild rice soup with dried beans

For this wild rice soup recipe, we’ve used dried white beans in the Instant Pot. In a normal stovetop soup recipe, you would typically use canned or already cooked beans and add them to the soup. Because the wild rice takes so long to cook already, Alex decided to add dried white beans to this wild rice soup recipe because they’re cheaper and taste even better than canned. Beans cooked from dried often hold up better in soups as well. The white beans also add a filling protein to the soup.

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Instant Pot Wild Rice Soup Recipe


  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Description

This Instant Pot wild rice soup recipe is cozy and naturally creamy, so it’s a 100% plant based dinner. Serve with crusty bread. For a stovetop version, go to Best Wild Rice Soup.


Ingredients

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  • ½ cup raw or roasted cashews*
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 2 celery ribs
  • 4 medium carrots
  • 8 ounces baby bella mushrooms
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup wild rice (not a wild rice blend)
  • 1 cup dried great northern white beans (not canned! The Instant Pot will cook the dry beans)
  • 2 ½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried sage
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce, tamari, or liquid aminos

Instructions

  1. Place the cashews in a bowl and cover them with water. Leave them to soak while you make the recipe.
  2. Dice the onion. Thinly slice the celery. Cut the carrot into rounds. Slice the mushrooms. Mince the garlic.
  3. Add the olive oil to the Instant Pot and turn on Saute mode. Add the onion, celery and carrot and cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes until lightly browned. Add mushrooms and saute for 2 minutes. Add garlic, thyme and oregano and stir for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the broth, wild rice, dried white beans, 2 teaspoons kosher salt, and black pepper. Lock the lid of the Instant Pot. Place the pressure release handle (vent) in the “Sealing” position.
  5. Cook on High Pressure for 45 minutes: Press the Pressure Cook button, making sure the “High Pressure” setting is selected, and set the time. Note that it takes about 5 to 10 minutes for the pot to “preheat” and come up to pressure before it starts cooking. (During cooking, avoid touching the metal part of the lid.)
  6. Quick release: Vent the remaining steam from the Instant Pot by moving the pressure release handle to “Venting”, covering your hand with a towel or hot pad. Never put your hands or face near the vent when releasing steam. Open the pressure cooker lid. Taste a bean to see if it is tender (bean brands can vary). If not, cook on High Pressure for another 5 minutes and do a quick release.
  7. Using a liquid measuring cup, carefully remove 2 cups of the hot soup (including the broth, veggies and rice) to a blender. Drain the cashews and add them to the blender with the dried sage. Blend on high for about 1 minute until creamy. Then pour back into the soup.
  8. Add ½ teaspoon kosher salt and the soy sauce. Taste, and adjust seasonings as desired. Garnish with a drizzle of olive oil and fresh ground pepper.

Notes

*If you use roasted salted cashews, omit the soy sauce at the end; then add it to taste. If you have a cashew allergy, try using the same amount of whole milk or cream to make a creamy base.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Wild Rice Soup, Wild Rice Soup Recipe, Wild Rice Mushroom Soup, Vegan Soups, Instant Pot Recipes, Healthy Instant Pot Recipes, Pressure Cooker Recipes, Vegetarian Soups, Healthy Soup Recipes

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Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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    1. So this was a hit! The only thing I did different was to add some chili flakes along with the thyme and oregano. I also added lemon juice at the end to help brighten it up a bit. I cooked the beans and rice for about 30-35 minutes and let it naturally depressurize for about 10-15 minutes. Boths beans and rice were cooked just right, so times will vary. The “cashew cream” is a game changer. Nice work guys! You have been become my go to food blog.

    2. I can’t imagine pressure cooking for 45 mins without the soup turning totally to mush. I presoaked the beans the morning of (~10 hrs) and the rice for 1hr, and pressure cooked for only 12 minutes. Still the vegetables had largely disintegrated. There also was too much water remaining. I sauteed on low for 20 mins to thicken it up, and tossed in another handful of cashews blended with some of the soup.

      Other changes:
      Reduced oregano to 1tsbp (still quite a strong taste). Added dried rosemary, parsley, and basil (~1tsp each). After the fact thought it could use a little heat, so added some paprika and chili powder to taste.
      Still felt like something was missing… If you’re not vegan, I recommend serving with cheddar cheese. Otherwise top with coconut cream or cashew cream and nutritional yeast, with some additional salt/soy sauce to taste.

      Good general idea, but definitely won’t repeat as directed.

      1. You don’t presoak the beans. That is the point of using the pressure cooker and they will also use up a lot of the liquid. Just follow the recipe as it is written.

    1. Great question! We have not tested it in a crockpot, so unfortunately we can’t speak to that! (You could try soaking the beans the night before, then sauteeing the veggies in a pan before slow cooking. Let us know if you want to try testing it out!)

  1. I have a surplus of chickpeas – do you think they would work just as well as the white beans? thanks!

    1. That’s a great question! I think that dried chickpeas would also work — the texture might be a little different, but it should be ok. Then you’ll have to try it with white beans to compare!

      1. I ended up buying some great northern white beans to make this recipe true to the original Alex and Sonja version. In the end, it turned out GREAT and I can’t wait to adapt the cashew cream method in other soups too. I always shy away from cream-based soups because they feel so heavy and overly-decadent, but not with the cashew cream!

        Great job on the flavors, textures, and nutritional punch in this recipe!

        NOTE: I used Whole Foods 365 beans and I had to reset the pressure cooker twice at 8 minutes after cooking for the prescribed 45 minutes for the beans to be soft.

        1. Ahhh we are so so glad to hear this! SO glad that you enjoyed the cashew cream spin on a creamy soup. Let us know what other soups you try that way! Thanks for making it!

        2. I’ve had problems with dried beans from Whole Foods too. I suspect there is not enough turnover and the beans are old. Try to shop for beans at a grocery store with a big ethnic foods inventory. And Goya dried beans always seem to be good quality.

  2. I have a thing against cooking something for 45 minutes in an instant pot at high pressure. If I soaked the beans overnight, would it be possible to cut the cooking time this recipe to 15 min – which is the usual time it take to cook beans if they have been soaked previously? Thank you

    1. Hi Anita! Because of the wild rice, it takes 45 minutes to cook. If you wanted to find “quick wild rice” — there are some brands that are precooked and take only 10 minutes to cook — and then did the soaked beans, it’s possible that it could work. But we have not tested either of those options!

  3. Looks delicious! What do you think about adding greens? We have a whole bunch of collard greens in our garden but am not sure if that would change it to much. Thoughts? And do you think it would be okay with other types of mushrooms…shitake, portabella, crimini? Thank you!!

    1. Any type of mushroom would work! Not sure about collards since they’re a bit tougher than most greens. If you wanted to add greens, maybe stir in some spinach leaves after pressure cooking and let it wilt in for a few minutes? But we’re not sure how collards would work here. Sorry!

      1. I have precooked wild rice. Would I use the same recipe for cooking the beans and then add the wild rice at the end?

    1. So glad you enjoyed it! Glad to know the beans worked with another 5 minutes. We tried a few brands and found some differences between them!

  4. This soup looks like it has tons of flavor! My wife has been on soup diet the past few days because she’s sick and I know she’d totally love this recipe, thank you!

  5. I don’t have an Instant Pot. So, I followed the directions right up to the point of putting it into the Instant Pot minus the dry navy beans. Brought the mixture to a boil then reduced heat and simmered for 50 minutes, then stirred in a drained can of cannellini beans (that’s what I had on hand). Did the blending and stirring. Delicious!! Next time I would cut back on the oregano if made on the stovetop.

  6. I followed the stovetop directions and it turned out great! I used a little less thyme (probably 1/2 to 2/3 of a tablespoon) for a thyme-averse member of my household and the soup didn’t seem to be missing anything without it. The leftovers the next day were even more delicious. I’ll definitely be making it again soon. Thank you for this tasty recipe!

  7. Hi sonja, I’m allergic to cashews. Was thinking I could blend in some coconut cream in the end? What do you think? And how much would you suggest I add?

    1. Angela: That’s a good idea to blend in coconut cream! (If you eat dairy we would recommend cream!) I think you could try something like 1/4 cup?

    1. Yes we think this would freeze well! We haven’t tried it yet because we eat all of it before we get to freezing :)

  8. This soup is legit! I made it last week and just ate some more of the leftovers for lunch. It’s so good — will definitely make it again. Sometimes I throw a handful of spinach in my bowl when reheating just to add greens.

  9. Yum this looks good! Would love to try it in my instant pot this week. But I just have a wild rice blend. I know it says use wild rice only. And instead of white beans could I use dry pintos? Are white beans the same as Navy beans? I was going to get some of those. Thanks for your help!

    1. Good questions! For the rice, we’d recommend using only wild rice since the other types of rice in a wild rice blend would soak up the water differently. For the beans, yes you can definitely use Navy beans! You could do pinto too, but we’d try Navy or Great Northern beans first if you can find them. Let us know how it goes!

      1. Ok this is good to know about the rice and the beans! Thanks for the info. I’ll let you know how it goes when I make it.

  10. Made this and it was great! I scaled it up to 1.5x the original recipe and it *just* fit in my 8qt Instant Pot. And I used pinto beans because it was what I had, and they were soft but not mushy after 45 minutes. Will definitely make again.

      1. I made this recipe and followed the instructions precisely and everything came out PERFECT! It’s not mush, it’s well seasoned, the beans and rice are tender. The consensus of the entire household is that this is freaking tasty, and worth the expense of the wild rice. I will definitely be making this again, I’ve already begun sharing the recipe with anyone who will listen because this a soup worth making.

  11. This soup looks great, I think this will become dinner tonight. To keep it vegan while avoiding nuts, soaked raw sunflower seeds work just as well! Less expensive, too.

  12. Can you please tell me the kind of wild rice you used? I could only fine one kind of pure wild rice at my grocery store and it was almost $4 for 4 oz.
    and I would need to buy 2 boxes ($8).
    I really want to make this soup, looks so delicious!

  13. 45 minutes and beans were hard. Did another pressure cook for 5 minutes, some were still uncooked. Third time at 5 minutes worked. Faulty recipe.. needs longer cook time

    1. Ann, the recipe says beans can vary, so I don’t think that means the recipe is faulty. Perhaps your beans were larger or a different variety than the ones they used?

  14. Wow. I’m on a roll making your recipes and this one was also spot on! I hesitated to put all of the rice and beans in because I truly thought it would be too much, but the ratios were perfect! I was out of sage, but it was so good I wouldn’t add it next time. I’ve never used the cashew technique, but I wish I had learned of it years ago (even though the soup had a great thickness prior to this step). Thank you so so much!!

    1. LOVED THIS! We are not vegans but have been shifting our diet to be about 85-90% plant-based. This was fabulous! The beans needed those extra 5 minutes. I added some shallots along with the garlic and used half organic beef broth and half veggie broth. The cashews were perfect–made it very “creamy!” Thanks so much for this recipe.

  15. Hi there! I’m still new to cooking so I’m building my pantry, especially spices. Apparently there is rubbed sage and ground sage and the internet tells me they’re different. Rubbed sage is less concentrated than ground sage. Which one should I buy? My husband and I are excited to try this recipe! Thank you!!

  16. I know the recipe said explicitly no wild rice blend but I did it anyway and it turned out great still! I decided to roll the dice because I couldn’t find just wild rice. My beans took an extra 12 minutes though. Great soup!

  17. Sonja & Alex,

    I don’t really go for “vegan” recipes, but, WOW what a great soup! Sooooo tasty and is now on my top 10 list of favorite recipes. I made it exactly as written the first time I made it. The second time I used frozen chopped onions and freeze dried garlic. Turned out just as good. Thanks for the great addition to my recipes!

    Mike K

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Hopefully you find a few more plant based recipes around here you’d like! Thanks for commenting :)

  18. this soup is great, I had a little problem with my IP leaking and didn’t notice it had not come up to pressure for a while. Once I got that straight I wasn’t sure how much to reduce the time. The carrots and beans were a little over done but the flavor is awesome.

  19. I’m three weeks into my vegan diet and trying to learn to cook with all the restrictions. This is a really good recipe. One of my favorites. I added half the salt and dry spices, which I recommend. Next time I will do the same, only I will put in 1/4 -1/8 the salt or no salt at all. Thanks for such a great recipe.

  20. Absolutely Delicious! With the current stay at home orders due to COVID, I made due with what I had on hand…used long grain brown rice (all I had!) and Alubia Blanca beans and no mushrooms. It is fabulous! Thank you for a cozy comfort food during this trying time!

  21. This is a great soup! I used truffle oil and a little butter instead of the olive oil since I only had white cap mushrooms on hand and I really wanted the mushroom flavor. I also accidentally forgot to quick release and the rice was not in tact anymore. However, the taste is really spot on – the Soy sauce at the end for the umami really added a level of depth I wasn’t expecting. I will definitely make another go of this soup. It was easy to make and with ingredients that are pantry staples. Thanks!

  22. quick question about the saute function. Do you turn off the saute after after step. 3, and then use the pressure cook on high settings? just recently purchased Instant Pot and cant wait to try it.

    learning how to Saute function works?

    what about normal pressure for 45 minutes? when on high, i may get burnt message.

    good recipe. many thanks,

    1. Hi, yes you turn off the saute to start the pressure cook. There should be enough liquid to avoid the burn message.

  23. By most definitions, a whole head of celery is a stalk and a single “stick” from the stalk is a rib. Some dictionaries use the accurate but clunky term “leafstalk” for a single rib. The recipe calls for “2 celery stalks.” Is this correct or should it be 2 celery ribs instead?

  24. This was good! I ended up using mayocoba beans and basmati rice just because that’s what I had, but I followed the recipe otherwise. Turned out very tasty! I ended up having to cook it an extra 20 minutes because the beans I used had too much a bite still after the 45, and I’m not sure if that would’ve been different with great northern beans or not. I have noticed that with my Ninja Foodi insta pot I always have to cook dried beans longer than what recipes call for, so this might be a good heads up for anyone else who uses the same pressure cooker as me.

    But anyway, yes, quite yummy! And I bet for anyone who eats meat this would also be really tasty with some kielbasa too!

  25. Loved it. Super hearty and delicious. Would love if you would consider putting calorie and macro breakdowns on your recipes, so I could see if I’m in the ballpark with my calculations.

  26. This is delicious and will definitely be an autumn staple! About serving sizes, the recipe says 8 but approximately what that in cups or ounces?

  27. I found this to be very salty. Maybe it was my broth. Definitely recommend reducing the salt or tasting before you put soy sauce in.

  28. Insanely good soup! I soaked the beans a few hours to avoid a longer cooking time. I added a little fresh lemon juice before serving as another person recommended. Only my second time using an Instant Pot. This recipe is genius!

  29. Recipe looks great and we would love to give it a try. I have the instant pot mini lux which I believe is a 3qt size and you may be using the 6qt, is that correct? Is there space left when making this in the 6qt size or would I need to try to cut this recipe in half? Or would you suggest just trying the stove top version in this case? Thanks!

    1. I think it would work if you cut it in half. However, the stove top is just as good so I would recommend a full size batch of that :)

  30. Have you eever considered posting recipes with simpler ingrediant lists – some of these have 15-20 ingredients

  31. Delicious! Ran out of space in my 3 qt so I ended up cooking with only 6 cups of broth in the instant pot, added 2 cups of the broth later in a regular pot, and it still turned out awesome!

  32. Would be helpful for you to listen to nutritionfacts.org
    Search for oil
    Needless calories for the sauté.
    A water sauté works just as well without the added touch of fat. Thanks for posting the recipe! Love that soup!

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